Best Graphics Mods for Fallout

Gregory Hill

Novice Member
Hey, i've just recently started playing Fallout 3 and New Vegas again! I was just wondering if anyone knew what the best graphics mods or overhauls for the games are? :p Thanks.
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Just gutted my Fallout 3 to start again using Mod Organizer and been having a look at and playing with mods since about 5 this evening, trying to get a good list of mods and sods for both games, but there are just so many texture packs, gameplay mods and enbs I'm getting rather lost.

Anyone able to point me in the right direction?

Oh and if your having a problem trying to get your fallout to load on steam, download and install this:
Download the Games for Windows Client | PC Games Client
I didn't have to run it, but it fixed my problem with not even being able to get the fresh installed game up.

Any help would be appreciated :)

tris
 

alphaomega16

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nero0410

Distinguished Member
Here is a good start.

Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Fellout is great for FO3
Always start there, it's my default choice for all my Bethesda mods ;)

Depending on your modding skill - try this.

Modding Fallout 3 - Google Docs

He's still using Fallout Mod Manager, I use the newer Mod Organizer:
Mod Organizer at Skyrim Nexus - mods and community
As it's still updated/supported on a regular basis, it's also a lot cleaner and has LOOT (formally known as BOSS) built in, and you have more control :)

I did have a go with the Nexus Mod Manager route, but I'm really not sure what I think of that over Mod Organizer for FO3.

I did find a nice enb I want to use after the rest is done:
Midhrastic ENB for Fallout 3 at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community
So I'll try and see if that will work with the rest of the mods, but I'm not sure what others are out there yet as I'm still scratching the surface.

I'm aiming first for the looks and performance, the rest will come later.

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Still been working on this today, and tried the NMM again following various bits and pieces, and it's a horrid platform to work with, it tends to leave bits and pieces in the game folder etc.... that is very annoying.

I have made a start on a guide using Mod Organizer instead, which is much better, and the first mod I'm trying to get to work properly is Darnified UI:
[WIPz/BETA] DarNified UI F3 - Fallout 3 Mods - Bethesda Softworks Forums
I'm not sure what it is though, but the font's and font sizes and menus are all over the place, I can't seem to fix it yet, but trying to find a way round it, as it is something I really want to add to work along side iHUD since the in game ui is pretty intrusive when it's up.

A sneek peek so far
Fallout 3 - Modding Manual
(Spetember 2014)

This guide is being made in the attempt to give myself and members of the AVForums (and anyone else) a CTD (Crash To Desktop) free Fallout 3 expierance that looks stunningly beautiful and runs well. Before we go into downloading mods and installing them, please consider that this guide has been created for myself with the following computer specs below. People who have problems running vanilla Fallout 3 on Ultra should be cautious when downloading the HD texture packs as they are VRAM heavy and could cause CTD's.

The guide is based off of various sources, so much of the credit go's to them, as well as the mod authors (and MrIdontKnow, a fellow avfer I worked with on his Skyrim Graphical Novel in the past):

YouTubers:
Xuul - Xuul - YouTube
Gopher - Gopher - YouTube
DansGaming - DansGaming - YouTube

My system Specs:

Windows 8 64bit
AMD FX 8350 X8 @4.1ghz
16gb Ram (2x 4GB G.skill, 2x 4GB Kingston HyperX)
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC Ghz Edition 3GB

It's recommended that you don't use Program Files for installing games but a different directory, for example mine is: H:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout 3 goty
I am presuming you have the following requirements to this guide:

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition, which includes the following DLC:

Operation: Anchorage - Enter a military simulation and fight in the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders.

The Pitt - Travel to the post-apocalyptic remains of Pittsburgh and become embroiled in a conflict between slaves and their Raider masters.

Broken Steel - Increase your level cap to 30, and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime.

Point Lookout - Embark on a mysterious and open-ended adventure in a huge, murky swampland along the coast of Maryland.

Mothership Zeta - Defy hostile alien abductors and fight your way off of the alien mothership, orbiting miles above the Capital Wasteland.

Setting Up

Create an account and/or sign in to Nexus:
Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community
You need to be signed in in order to download the larger files.

Run the game launcher once, set your settings to 'Ultra' and set the required video resolution and start the game and then exit.

Just to get things a bit more organised, create a folder where ever you like and call it 'Fallout 3 Modding'
I have my folder simply in this location:
K://Fallout 3 Modding

NOTE: If you plan on modding Fallout New Vegas too, simply create a folder called
'Fallout Modding'
and place the 'Fallout 3 Modding' folder so the file path would look like this:
K://Fallout Modding/Fallout 3 Modding

Add some folders inside that folder as follows:
Backup Files - For game save backups, fallout exe backups etc....

Mods - Self explanitary (If you want you can Catergorise your mods by creating more folders in there, for example: Textures, Gameplay, Quests, Sound, etc....

Tools - Create folders in here for
Mod Organizer
Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)
Fallout 3 Large Address Aware Enabler
ENB Boost
Fallout Stutter Remover
etc....

I have an images folder in there simply for the purpose of making this guide and to shove in some screenshots.

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Back up any game saves you may have, weather or not these may still work I don't know and create a
'My Saves'
folder for them to go in, in the
'Backup Files'
Folder.

Also create another folder called
'Game.exe Backup'
in you 'Backup Files' folder
then navigate to your game directory, for example mine is:
H:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout 3 goty
then copy and paste the
'Fallout3.exe
and place it in that folder.

If you want to, start up your game after any of these steps to check that it still loads, if not, you can start again from the prevouse step undoing what you have already done.

Tool Box

Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)

First download the file:
Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)

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Installation -

Place the archive file in the Fallout Script Extender (FOSE) folder you created for it earlier and extract it there.

Open the folder it extracts and copy just the .dll files and fose_loader then paste these files into you Fallout 3 game directory and they will look like this:

7777777777777777777777

That is it.

UPDATED Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch

First download the file (Updated_Unofficial_Fallout3_Patch):

UPDATED Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Simply follow the instructions and make sure you do the FULL installation with
'Main Files'
'I have ALL DLC for the NEW merged patch!'
ticked.

It may ask for if you want changes to the .ini or overwrite thing, just click on 'Yes'.

Large Address Aware Enabler for FO3

First download the file:
Large Address Aware Enabler for FO3 at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Extract it to the Fallout 3 Large Address Aware Enabler folder we created earlier.

Cut the Fallout3.exe from your Fallout 3 Game folder
Place it in the '3GB enabler' folder
Double click 'START.BAT'
Press any key to continue
Press 'a'
Press any key to continue
Press 'e' to exit the program
Cut and paste the Fallout 3 .exe back into your game folder
If you are using a 64 Bit operating system (xp, Vista or Windows 7/8), you are Done!

ENB Boost

First download the file:
ENBoost v0.203 for Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3

Extract the files into the ENB Boost folder we created earlier
Open the 'Wrapper Version' folder
Then copy all the files and paste them into your Fallout 3 game directory.

Fallout Stutter Remover

First download the file:
Fallout Stutter Remover at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Copy the Data and scr folders and paste them into your Fallout 3 game folder.

Mod Organizer

First download the file:
Mod Organizer at Skyrim Nexus - mods and community

Then extract the contents to the Mod Organizer folder we created earlier.

Then copy the 'ModOrganizer' folder you extracted straight into your Fallout 3 game directory.

Open the ModOrganizer folder from within your game directory
Create a shortcut of the 'ModOrganizer.exe'
Place it on your desktop (or wherever you want it) and rename it 'ModOrganizer Fallout 3'

Click on the dropdown next to 'Run'
Click on 'FOSE'
Click on 'Run'.
It will load your game up, feel free to go into it, load a save or what ever and then exit the game.

Now on to some mods.... We will be using Mod Organizer to install most/all of these mods, to do this we simply
Right click on the left pane
Select 'Install Mod'
Then choose the mod we want to install.


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tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
The guide is coming along:

The Guide So Far....

Fallout 3 - Modding Manual
(Spetember 2014)

This guide is being made in the attempt to give myself and members of the AVForums (and anyone else) a CTD (Crash To Desktop) free Fallout 3 expierance that looks stunningly beautiful and runs well. Before we go into downloading mods and installing them, please consider that this guide has been created for myself with the following computer specs below. People who have problems running vanilla Fallout 3 on Ultra should be cautious when downloading the HD texture packs as they are VRAM heavy and could cause CTD's.

The guide is based off of various sources and inspirations, so much of the credit go's to them, as well as the mod authors (and MrIdontKnow, a fellow avfer I worked with on his Skyrim Graphical Novel in the past):

YouTubers:
Xuul - Xuul - YouTube
Gopher - Gopher - YouTube
DansGaming - DansGaming - YouTube

My system Specs:

Windows 8 64bit
AMD FX 8350 X8 @4.1ghz
16gb Ram (2x 4GB G.skill, 2x 4GB Kingston HyperX)
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC Ghz Edition 3GB

It's recommended that you don't use Program Files for installing games but a different directory, for example mine is: H:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout 3 goty

I am presuming you have the following requirements to this guide, and have some modding experiance:

Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition, which includes the following DLC:

Operation: Anchorage - Enter a military simulation and fight in the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders.

The Pitt - Travel to the post-apocalyptic remains of Pittsburgh and become embroiled in a conflict between slaves and their Raider masters.

Broken Steel - Increase your level cap to 30, and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime.

Point Lookout - Embark on a mysterious and open-ended adventure in a huge, murky swampland along the coast of Maryland.

Mothership Zeta - Defy hostile alien abductors and fight your way off of the alien mothership, orbiting miles above the Capital Wasteland.

Setting Up

Create an account and/or sign in to Nexus:
Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community
You need to be signed in in order to download the larger files.

Run the game launcher once, set your settings to 'Ultra' and set the required video resolution and start the game and then exit.

Just to get things a bit more organised, create a folder where ever you like and call it 'Fallout 3 Modding'
I have my folder simply in this location:
K://Fallout 3 Modding

NOTE: If you plan on modding Fallout New Vegas too, simply create a folder called
'Fallout Modding'
and place the 'Fallout 3 Modding' folder so the file path would look like this:
K://Fallout Modding/Fallout 3 Modding

Add some folders inside that folder as follows:
Backup Files - For game save backups, fallout exe backups etc....

Mods - Self explanitary (If you want you can Catergorise your mods by creating more folders in there, for example: Textures, Gameplay, Quests, Sound, etc....

Tools - Create folders in here for
Mod Organizer
Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)
Fallout 3 Large Address Aware Enabler
ENB Boost
Fallout Stutter Remover
etc....

I have an images folder in there simply for the purpose of making this guide and to shove in some screenshots.

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Back up any game saves you may have, weather or not these may still work I don't know and create a
'My Saves'
folder for them to go in, in the
'Backup Files'
Folder.

Also create another folder called
'Game.exe Backup'
in you 'Backup Files' folder
then navigate to your game directory, for example mine is:
H:\Steam\SteamApps\common\Fallout 3 goty
then copy and paste the
'Fallout3.exe
and place it in that folder.

If you want to, start up your game after any of these steps to check that it still loads, if not, you can start again from the prevouse step undoing what you have already done.

Tool Box

Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)

First download the file:
Fallout Script Extender (FOSE)

66666666666666666666666

Installation -

Place the archive file in the Fallout Script Extender (FOSE) folder you created for it earlier and extract it there.

Open the folder it extracts and copy just the .dll files and fose_loader then paste these files into you Fallout 3 game directory and they will look like this:

7777777777777777777777

That is it.

UPDATED Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch

First download the file (Updated_Unofficial_Fallout3_Patch):

UPDATED Unofficial Fallout 3 Patch at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Simply follow the instructions and make sure you do the FULL installation with
'Main Files'
'I have ALL DLC for the NEW merged patch!'
ticked.

It may ask for if you want changes to the .ini or overwrite thing, just click on 'Yes'.

Large Address Aware Enabler for FO3

First download the file:
Large Address Aware Enabler for FO3 at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Extract it to the Fallout 3 Large Address Aware Enabler folder we created earlier.

Cut the Fallout3.exe from your Fallout 3 Game folder
Place it in the '3GB enabler' folder
Double click 'START.BAT'
Press any key to continue
Press 'a'
Press any key to continue
Press 'e' to exit the program
Cut and paste the Fallout 3 .exe back into your game folder
If you are using a 64 Bit operating system (xp, Vista or Windows 7/8), you are Done!

ENB Boost

First download the file:
ENBoost v0.203 for Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 3

Extract the files into the ENB Boost folder we created earlier
Open the 'Wrapper Version' folder
Then copy all the files and paste them into your Fallout 3 game directory.

Fallout Stutter Remover

First download the file:
Fallout Stutter Remover at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Copy the Data and scr folders and paste them into your Fallout 3 game folder.

Mod Organizer

First download the file:
Mod Organizer at Skyrim Nexus - mods and community

Then extract the contents to the Mod Organizer folder we created earlier.

Then copy the 'ModOrganizer' folder you extracted straight into your Fallout 3 game directory.

Open the ModOrganizer folder from within your game directory
Create a shortcut of the 'ModOrganizer.exe'
Place it on your desktop (or wherever you want it) and rename it 'ModOrganizer Fallout 3'

Click on the dropdown next to 'Run'
Click on 'FOSE'
Click on 'Run'.
It will load your game up, feel free to go into it, load a save or what ever and then exit the game.

Now on to some mods.... We will be using Mod Organizer to install most/all of these mods, to do this we simply
Right click on the left pane
Select 'Install Mod'
Then choose the mod we want to install.

Downloading mods, always choose the 'Manual' option, and save them in your 'Mods' folder we created earlier.

Immersive HUD - This MUST be installed BEFORE Darnified UI, also make sure it is before Darnified UI in the load order.

Download and install
Immersive HUD - iHUD at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Darnified UI
[WIPz/BETA] DarNified UI F3 - Fallout 3 Mods - Bethesda Softworks Forums

Download and install
Download Alpha 11 - FOMOD version (RECOMMENDED)
and
Download Alpha 11 hotfix - Extract to Data, overwrite all.

Install order:
dui_f3a11
Then
dui_f3a11_HF

Then click on the 'Tools' button at the top of Mod Organizer

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Select 'INI Editor'
Click in the box and hold 'control' and press 'f' to get the find box up
You will see a header called 'Fonts'
Highlight all the lines there and replace them with these lines:

;sFontFile_1=Textures\Fonts\Glow_Monofonto_Large.fnt
sFontFile_1=Textures\Fonts\DarN_FranKleinBold_14.fnt
;sFontFile_2=Textures\Fonts\Monofonto_Large.fnt
sFontFile_2=Textures\Fonts\DarN_FranKleinBold_16.fnt
sFontFile_3=Textures\Fonts\Glow_Monofonto_Medium.fnt
;sFontFile_4=Textures\Fonts\Monofonto_VeryLarge02_Dialogs2.fnt
;sFontFile_4=Textures\Fonts\DarN_FranKleinBold_Otl_12.fnt
sFontFile_4=Textures\Fonts\DarN_Sui_Generis_Otl_10.fnt
sFontFile_5=Textures\Fonts\Fixedsys_Comp_uniform_width.fnt
;sFontFile_6=Textures\Fonts\Glow_Monofonto_VL_dialogs.fnt
;sFontFile_6=Textures\Fonts\DarN_PetitaMedium_Outline_18.fnt
;sFontFile_6=Textures\Fonts\DarN_Forgotten_Futurist_Otl_18.fnt
sFontFile_6=Textures\Fonts\DarN_Sui_Generis_Otl_13.fnt
;sFontFile_7=Textures\Fonts\Baked-in_Monofonto_Large.fnt
sFontFile_7=Textures\Fonts\DarN_Libel_Suit_Otl_24.fnt
;sFontFile_7=Textures\Fonts\DarN_Klill_Outline_20.fnt
sFontFile_8=Textures\Fonts\Glow_Futura_Caps_Large.fnt

....like so

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NMC's Texture Pack for Fallout 3

Download and install
NMCs_Texture_Pack_for_FO3 at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

There are 4 Sizes of texture pack to pick from, all contain the same number of textures, just at different resolutions:

Maximum typically 2048x2048 Textures and Normals.
Large typically 2048x2048 Textures and 1024x1024 Normals.
Performance - a hand picked mixture of Maximum, Large & Lite to maximise visuals with least impact on performance.
Lite- typically the same size as default textures, ie. 512x512.

Choose the pack you think your system can handle and install that one. I went for the Maximum pack as I have a half decent gaming rig.

To install, do as you would normally and then choose 'Manual'
Right Click on the texture pack
Click 'Set Data Directory'
At the bottom it should say 'Looks ok' in green, so Click 'Ok'.

DC Moods

Download and install (DC Moods Special ENB Edition)
DC Moods at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

As usual, right click install mod
Then, Choose Manual
Right Click on 'DC Moods ENB Edition'
Choose 'Set Data Directory'
When bottom left says looks good in green, click ok.

Dynavision Depth of Field

Download and install
DYNAVISION - Dynamic Depth of Field at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

In game settings:
Open your pipboy
Select Dynavision from your inventory
Active - Both enabled
Speed - Fast
Blur - High
Soft - Low
Aim - Enabled

These are just my personal pref's at the moment, feel free to find what you like.






More to come, looking at:

Fallout 3 Redesigned - Formerly Project Beauty HD
Fallout 3 Redesigned - Formerly Project Beauty HD at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Enhanced Blood Textures
Enhanced Blood Textures v2_22b at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

HDR Pipboy
HDR Pipboy at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Better clutter and furniture pack
Better clutter and furniture pack at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

GNR Radio Fixed Extended
GNR Radio Fixed Extended at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

The IMAGINATOR for FO3 - Visual Control Device
The IMAGINATOR for FO3 - Visual Control Device at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

CINEMATECH - Film Grains and Styles
CINEMATECH - Film Grains and Styles at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Directors Chair - Total Visual Control
Directors Chair - Total Visual Control at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

EVE - Energy Visuals Enhanced
EVE - Energy Visuals Enhanced at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

FWE - FO3 Wanderers Edition
FWE - FO3 Wanderers Edition at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Marts Mutant Mod
Marts Mutant Mod - RC 62 at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Fallout Interoperability Program - FOIP
Fallout Interoperability Program - FOIP at Fallout3 Nexus - mods and community

Those last few I'm having a hard time to understand how they work, so might take a while. There are also a few I'm finding hard to understand, but I guess I'll get there eventually.

If there are any here you have tried that are not compatible with one another, please let me know.

Also if there are any you can recommend plus alternatives, I'll be happy to take a look.

It's really starting to look/feel like another game now, the HD textrues are not half bad, I did try that ENB I wanted in there, but it was a bit too much for me to get the way I wanted it, so I'm using other mods to create that feel. Hope someone can find this useful some day, as I'm having fun doing it :)

tris
 

aslird

Member
Looking good Nero. I tried to mod fallout using the link i gave earlier, and failed completely, the game kept crashing whenever too much. I will wait for your guide and try again :)
 

richardb70

Distinguished Member
Nice one Tris, I've yet to take the plunge with New Vegas modding so will be keeping a close eye on this thread.
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Although a lot cleaner, I'm having issues with mods 'seeing/detecting' other mods installed and various other problems using Mod Organizer, so I may have to go back to NMM as it seems most people use that and seems more compatible.

Will update later on when I have tried and tested a few things.

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
I got completely lost on what to write where in the guide, it was a nightmare. Been working on this all evening and night, but just started to follow Gophers Guide with NMM, and so far so good:
Fallout 3: Tutorials - YouTube
It's certainly worth a watch, and there are a heap load of customizations to get the exact image I want.

What I think I'll do is compile a mod list and go from there, but the video series he does is brilliant and much, much more information that I can get in a guilde.

Anyway, I haven't been in game a lot, only for testing and I finally got some nice weather (Though I'm still tinkering a lot with the settings from the mod), so enjoy:

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tris

edit: This one is a bit more updated, so I'm mixing and matching a bit.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=149946772
 
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nero0410

Distinguished Member
Trying to stick with lore, but thinking of Hiroshima, Chernobyl (granted that was a nuclear reactor not a bomb), Nagasaki were bombed not more than 100 years ago, then taking in technology at those times and in game.... wouldn't plant life have flourished a bit more after 200 years after the explosion where the game is set?

I'm wondering about shoving in a flora overhaul to cut a long story short.

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Ahh yes, I guess that would make a bit if a difference. I guess the air would have cleared a lot more though and not be so, so green. Though the mod I have installed I can make the game look more or less how I want it to look, I do like the green gone though.

Still need to find exactly how I want it to look though, and a few more mods installed then onto modding vegas :)
(I may actually play a modded game a bit more some time, I'm just enjoying modding at the moment ;) )

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Just thought I'd share a couple of pics and see what you all think of these presets.

First off the overall 'feel' colour of the enviroment. I quite like the brighter one, though the adding the washy western filter seems to fit quite nice too. Remember though, everything can be changed with an easy menu:
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Then just a couple of random shots, my new friend.... but he doesn't seem to want to be my friend.... So I shot him naturally:

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Then me with my muttonchops, gun out (held a bit differently due to reanimated mod), and just bought a backpack (a back pack mod, this one lets me carry another 70wg):

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I'll add a list of all mods I have installed soon.... and start on modding Vegas :D
(maybe in a similar fashion as I do like the mods used here)

tris
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Well, got my mod lists together for both Fallout 3 and New Vegas:

Fallout 3
Fallout 3 Mod list.JPG


Load List
Fallout 3 load list 1.JPG
Fallout 3 load list 2.JPG



New Vegas
NV Mod List 1.JPG
NV Mod List 2.JPG

Load Order
NV Load Order 1.JPG
NV Load Order 2.JPG


and some New Vegas Shots

Example of New Vegas Redesigned 2 (before and after facial changes)
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Ground Textures
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....
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
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The Beginning

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There are other tools and mods, that aren't in the NMM, such as fallout script extender (FOSE for fallout 3), new vegas script extender (NVSE), BOSS, LOOT, 4GB patches so the games can use more than 2gb of ram (very handy with large texture packs and lots of mods) .ini tweaks for some mods and various other bits and pieces.

I'd recommend the Gopher series to anyone, he gos into a lot of detail and really helps you get an understanding of things. Always double check other guide and cross reference though as some of the ones he uses have been upgraded, you don't use FOIP patches anymore for example, you use Blackened ones (FO3).

There is this thing for New Vegas:
NVEC - New Vegas Enhanced Content
NVEC - New Vegas Enhanced Content at Fallout New Vegas - mods and community

I think it's an all in one collection of mods, bug fixes etc.... I think, but if you use any of the mods it contains, it'll crash the game. It comes with an installer and then there is a bugfix you use NMM for.

I'll have to try that out on my other system and see what exactly it adds with the .exe installer it now uses.

tris
 

kav

Distinguished Member
Tris this is absolutely awesome - coincidentally, I have just recently finally finished off New Vegas and Skyrim (over 600 hours between them) and after playing 300+ hours of F3 on the 360 I decided to mod the hell out of it last weekend and play through it again. Fallout 3 is probably my favourite game of all time (loved New Vegas too but being back in 3 just reminded me of how much better it is IMO).

Anyway, I've applied loads of the same mods as you, but haven't been as careful about the order. I don't know if that's anything to do with the main issue I have been having, which is significant stuttering and frame rate drops when I encounter groups of enemies. I get a steady ~60 most of the time while exploring, but any time more than 1-2 enemies appear, the game goes choppy as hell. It's pretty frustrating. I am tempted to start all over and follow the steps you provided.

Incidentally, did you know that Fallout 3 was only tested as compatible up to Vista, which apparently is why it's such a pig to run in Win 7 onwards.
 

nero0410

Distinguished Member
Oblivion modding was the reason I switched to PC gaming in the first place. I had completed all the content, side quests and main game on the console, then found out about the modding we can do on the pc.... that was it, I slowly but surely migrated all my gaming over to the pc, got used to the controls and I'm still here I don't know how many years later.
(I used to just use the pc for strategy games.... consoles don't make them too east to control)

Ahh, it's not just the load order, it's the order in which they are installed, and using the correct and up to date patches. My little start off guide isn't that great and was never finished as I really started following the video series, just watching first, then watching and doing, and combined that with careful reading from the mods author.
A lot of mods have been updated, pre requisites changed or gone completely, others I simply fancied myself. These are the series I focused on (among others):

(I watched the most recent ones first as there have been changes in software and patches)


Fallout 3:
Fallout 3 Mod Clinic
Fallout 3 Tutorials

Fallout New Vegas:
Fallout New Vegas: Tutorials For Mod Users
Fallout NV: Mod Clinic

I found Gopher really easy on the ear to listen to for longer periods, nice and relaxed rather than some american youngster who is high on caffeine.

Also, where things have gone wrong, a quick google often came up with the answers which are usually pretty simple to rectify.

LOOT, the update from BOSS, hasn't really been optimised for the Fallout games I don't think, so I have used Gophers suggestions and also clicked on the mod and looked at the panel on the right to see whats meant to be above it. That helps a lot. You also need to do this to see if any of the '.esp's have been tagged as '.esm's, as they would need to come up higher in the load order sometimes, as although they are not master files, they seem to be fussy as to where they want to be.

When I get more of an understanding for it all, I plan on keeping a fews guides for the four games (Skyrim & Oblivion too), for my reference, but also to share here. That may take me some time though, so I will probably just start with basic simple guides and add as I go along and update them. Until then, take them with a pinch of salt :)

I have currently gutted my Skyrim and using a combo of sources:
Skyrim - A Graphical Novel (MrIDontKnows guide)
G.E.M.S.
Beginners Guide To Modding Skyrim
Skyrim Mod Sanctuary
S.T.E.P.
The Latter being pretty advanced and I still don't know what they are talking about or suggesting in most areas.

I have been debating with myself lately weather or not I'll actually see a difference between 2k and 4k texture packs as I only play at 1080p. I can certainly see a difference between 512-1k and 1k-2k when in game, so I presume I would, but some of the mods out there for Skyrim have 4k textures for food, misc., and general clutter.
It would be more of a performance hit, 8000 polygons (I think that's what their called, I'm just using a big word to make it look like I know exactly what I'm talking about :cool:) to 40,000/50,000, but then thats if there is a lot on screen at the time and the objects are spinning, as although the texture is 4k, only one side of that 4k texture wrap will be showing at a time. I'll will try and see.

tris
 

aslird

Member
Is there anyway to know what keeps crashing FO3? I have installed all the mods you have, and in the same order, yet i am getting freezing in the game (I have to use task manager to clsoe the game) in the Supa Dupa Mart.
 

kav

Distinguished Member
Have you made the changes to your .ini file to force the game to run off two cores instead of four? That resolved about 80% of my crashing issues.
 

aslird

Member
I am not sure, how do you do that?
 

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